The Singing Wren is back at 81 with a line up of some specially selected guests. Music, poetry, comedy or anything else is very welcome.
There will be: an electric piano, a Juno synthesizer, a left handed electro acoustic guitar, a right handed electric guitar and a right handed bass. You’d be welcome to use any of this gear or bring your own. Starts at 7.30pm we hope to see you there!
After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of UK alt country outfit Ahab, song writer Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of Ahab originator Dave Burn. Being firmly a part of the London country scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, who’s drummer Steve Brookes, already having toured heavily with Ahab, became a permanent member of Orphan Colours in 2014, along with long term bass player Graham Knight.
Llewellyn and Noah & The Whale guitarist Fred Abbott met whilst he was in the midst of auditioning lead singers for his solo project and the two found common ground in their appreciation of Tom Petty and Jason Isbell. When Abbott heard Llewellyn’s demo’s for the new Orphan Colours project he immediately signed up.
Their debut EP High Hopes was released Feb 26th 2016 with Won't Let You Down as the lead single. Their debut album followed in 2018 to great critical acclaim, being nominated for 'UK Album of the Year 2019' by AMAUK, losing out only to Ben Glover's superb album Shorebound.
"Get on board early before this group becomes Jools Holland's latest discovery and they go all 'arena' out of reach !" Maverick Mag "All On Red is an album that pulsates with a fierce energy" - AmericanaUK
Lizzie Nunnery & Vidar Norheim come to 81 Renshaw for the first time, presenting an intimate headline set of new songs and stories, alongside material from their acclaimed releases.
Lizzie Nunnery is a singer, musician and writer. She has played across the UK and Norway, and in 2012 performed at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Belfast Waterfront Hall with The Irish Sea Sessions. She is also an award-winning playwright. Her play with songs Narvik won Best New Play in the UK Theatre Awards 2017. Other recent work includes play with songs The Sum (Everyman, May-June 2017) and Horny Handed Tons of Soil (National Tour Spring 2018) a live poetry and music piece inspired by The Mersey Sound anthology.
Vidar Norheim is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer from Norway, now based in Liverpool. His debut EP Blind Carbon Copy was released in 2015 in the UK, Japan and Norway. Vidar has toured worldwide as a member of Liverpool’s alt pop unit Wave Machines with highlights including Glastonbury, SXSW and BBC Electric Proms.
After numerous SOLD OUT screenings, Yeah Buddy DIY & Liverpool Noise bring you another cult TV show screening. The Best of Vic and Bob, as voted for by you. We are so excited for this. This is going to be our crowning moment. We will go out and find all of the Vic and Bob material possible, throw it in the mixer and let you choose the best. We're talking: Shooting Stars, The Smell of..., Bang Bang..., Catterick, Big Night Out and more. How exciting. You will get to choose the 6 best (or weirdest) episodes to screen on the night. THERE WILL ALSO BE A QUIZ! And the lucky winner will take home some cool themed prizes!
What We Did Next return for another evening of Musical Theatre/Film Open Mic.
Upcoming singer-songwriter, Sam Lyon, is returning to Liverpool to play a headlining show as part of her third UK tour. After collaborating with a small orchestra and choir at the end of 2018, Sam achieved huge success when the music video reached over 70,000 views within its first two weeks of release. Now, with the aim of recreating that magic, Sam will be joined by Liverpool-based violinist, Jack Mitchell, cellist, Mike Calvert, and pianist, Marc Gallagher, for an intimate showcase at 81 Renshaw.
After last year's sell out gig, Avi Buffalo is back at 81 Renshaw. Expect some west-coast psychedelic indie-pop from the former Sup-Pop man. While his Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied with quaint and youthful pursuits, Avi Buffalo was busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC, and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic whose tastes are respected by the general public. Like a lot of kids his age, Avi celebrated the end of high school in Europe, but instead of visiting the Louvre and Buckingham Palace, his overseas journeys took him to the festival stages of Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, the Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, and beyond.
'There are no bridges in folk songs because the peasants died building them' Eugene Chadbourne Eugene is a complete one-off. Like really has to be seen to be believed. On his compulsive own, Eugene Chadbourne (previously the guitarist and leader of Shockabilly) has spewed forth a ceaseless stream of records and cassettes (the latter on his own Parachute label) that easily represent the oddest version of country and folk music ever. While the notable left-winger's guitar playing is looser than clams, it harbours wildly unique energy. He also plays the electric rake. The North Carolinian is the master of several different voices, some of them deceptively sincere. Harsh, funny, irritating and packed with ideas, Chadbourne often suggests a politically correct Frank Zappa. For fans of: Daniel Johnston, Captain Beefheart, Richard Dawson, Frank Zappa & Anything Weird and Wonderful.